Angels Race - TriathlonSprint

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Clemmons, North Carolina
United States
Set-Up, Inc
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 09m 31s
Overall Rank = 35/556
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/29
Pre-race routine:

Kind of a strange race for me. The race site is only about 5 minutes from my house and since me start time wasn't until 9:55 AM, decided I would just take my bike and stuff over at 6 AM, and then just come home until it was time for me to start. Worked out pretty well, got to the pool at 9:30, talked to a few friends, then got in line. Also, stuck with my normal breakfeast of cereal, and also a cup of coffee.
Event warmup:

Since I was getting there late, I had to park at one of the lower lots in Tanglewood park. Decided I would use the 1-mile run to the pool as a warmup ... it is all uphill, but I have done that run many times so no big deal.
  • 06m 46s
  • 300 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

Good swim. I seeded myself a little earlier this time to avoid some of the congestion. It worked out well. I did get the tap on the foot on the fifth lap, and let someone by at the wall, but it didn't really hold me up any. Swim felt pretty routine, pace was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

This wasn't good. Since I brought my bike to the TA in total darkness this morning, then went home, I didn't get a chance to really check everything out thoroughly. When I got to T1, the first thing I did was put on my sunglasses. I guess I was still in a daze from the swim or something, but it seemed that everything in one eye was dark ... uh oh, what's wrong with my eye ... wait take off the sunglasses ... damn, must have lost a lense sometime during transition setup. Oh well, no glasses. Everything just seemed slow here.
What would you do differently?:

Check out everything more thoroughly before I leave.
  • 35m 39s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.92 mile/hr

Didn't feel like I had the legs for the bike today. Didn't seem to have that extra gear for some reason. There were a lot of people on the course and it seemed that you were constantly passing someone. It definately was a little dicey at times. Overall, not bad. Should have been better.
What would you do differently?:

Bike legs have been missing for a few months now. Not sure why. It feels harder than it should. Need to get a little more structure in my training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

Pretty quick here. A little trouble with my socks, but that was it.
What would you do differently?:

Different socks.
  • 23m 35s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

I love a downhill start. It seems to get me into a good running groove. By the time I hit the first hill, I was feeling pretty good. Felt like I kept a consistent pace throughout, and had enough left for the big hill at the end. Never got passed and did quite a bit of passing. Nice kick at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I felt like my run was about as good as it gets relative to my current fitness level.
Post race
Warm down:

Cold towel, water, bagel. I needed to get back home, so got my bike and rode it back to the truck and headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Went into this race with the thought of using it as a hard training day, but ended up racing pretty hard. My Avg HR of 170 was about as high as I have seen for a sprint race.

Event comments:

This is a great local race that attracts a lot of competitors. It seems to have gotten bigger and better organized over the years. It was one that I like to do each year. It is also nice that it is only about 5 minutes from my house.

Last updated: 2009-08-26 12:00 AM
00:06:46 | 300 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 14/29
Overall: 206/556
Performance: Good
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:35:39 | 12.43 miles | 20.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/29
Overall: 21/556
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 171
Wind: Some
Course: Pretty easy course. Two laps starts out slightly uphill, then gets flat, and finishes with a few rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:35 | 03.11 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/29
Overall: 49/556
Performance: Good
Course: Nice downhill to start, then uphill, then a flat section on gravel, followed by a big hill and then a short flat to the finish. I love this course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5